Becoming proficient in a new language can open up many doors in future travel and career choices! As an incoming 9th grader,
you have the opportunity to begin learning a new language at Roseburg High School, to continue the study of that language for
four years, and to earn college credit for the language in your fourth year.
Here are some FAQ’s to help you decide if you are ready to enroll in a beginning level German or Spanish class at RHS:
Do I have to take a language to graduate from high school?
There is no current language requirement for a high school diploma, but a language counts towards the three credits of
foreign language/art/career and technical electives needed for a 2012 high school diploma. A minimum of two years
high school language IS required for entrance into a four-year university. Many state and private universities recommend
three years or more of a language.
What will help me to be successful in a language class?
Students experience success in our classes if they are:
At or above grade level in reading.
Self-directed learners with good homework habits.
Able to work with a variety of partners each day.
Positive class participants who are willing to try to speak the language every day and play an active part in roleplaysituations and skits.
Students with excellent attendance.
Students with strong listening skills and the ability to memorize.
Grade Level: 9, 10 Length of Course: Semester Pre-requisite: None Credit: ½
Course Overview: Introduction to World Languages allows students to study German, French and Spanish and their cultures, at an exploratory level. Students will discover and appreciate the value of learning another language and increase motivation for future language study. We will experience basic language, food, music, history and travel. Students completing this course will receive a general elective credit.
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Year Pre-requisite: None Credit: 1
Course Overview: This course is for students with no previous study or exposure to the Spanish language. The five communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural competence are developed and assessed. Students will demonstrate comprehension from a variety of sources to gain information on a range of topics. They will express themselves in simple conversations. Students will write simple sentences and paragraphs and will demonstrate appropriate verbal and non-verbal ways of communicating within the cultural context of the Spanish language.
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Year Pre-requisite: Spanish I or Instructor Approval Credit: 1
Course Overview: Second year students expand their knowledge of the language, culture, vocabulary, and grammar that they began in the first year. All five-communication skill areas are strengthened through practice with authentic texts, culture, native speakers, and class activities. Students will begin to express themselves in other time frames such as past and near future tenses. Self-expression is limited to high-frequency topics and ideas. During the second year, students will be assessed on their language proficiencies.
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Year Pre-requisite: 2 Years of Spanish and/or Instructor Approval & Successful Completion of Proficiency Exam Credit: 1 College Credit: Up to 12 UCC credits (Spanish 101, 102, 103)
Course Overview: This course is conducted primarily in the target language. Students expand their knowledge of the language, culture, and geography while strengthening all five-language skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural competence. Students write short essays and give presentations in the target language. Students express their opinions, describe, and narrate in present, past, and future tenses. The use of authentic texts such as short stories, articles, books, and songs expose students to contemporary culture as well as provide them with a historical perspective. Contextual projects are created, polished, and presented. UCC Spanish 101, 102 & 103 credits available.
Grade Level: 11, 12 Length of Course: Year Pre-requisite: 3 Years of Spanish including Spanish III or equivalent, permission of the instructor Credit: 1 College Credit: Up to 12 UCC credits (Spanish 201, 202, 203) Other: Advanced Placement option
Course Overview: This is a college level course for students wanting to excel in Spanish. Discussions in Spanish revolve around current events, culture, and history of Spanish speaking countries as well as aspects of students’ own lives. Students write in detail and focus on reading literary works, articles, and many other authentic texts. Students in their fourth year of Spanish may receive college credit. The class will prepare for the Advanced Placement exam and candidates will need to see their world language teacher for the summer reading/assignment requirements. UCC Spanish 201, 202 & 203 credits available.
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Year Pre-requisite: None Credit: 1
Course Overview: German I introduces the learner to the language and culture of German-speaking countries. During this first year, students will develop the ability to communicate about many topics revolving around the daily lives of young people, including: free time, interests, shopping, foods, clothing, home, friends, and family. Authentic materials from sources such as magazines, newspapers, the Internet, music, and films are carefully selected to fit the novice level of the learners. Students will be actively engaged in the process of learning to understand, speak, read, and write the language through partner, group, and whole class activities and projects. After successfully completing two years of German, students will have met their minimum college language entrance requirement for Oregon public universities.
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Year Pre-requisite: German I, or Instructor Approval Credit: 1
Course Overview: German II continues the development of the skills acquired in German I. As in the first level, culturally authentic materials are used to promote both language development and knowledge and appreciation of Germanic cultures. Topics at this level include a simulated trip to Germany, music and film, holidays, and grocery shopping. Upon completion of the second year of German study, students will have met their minimum college language entrance requirement for Oregon public universities. Students enrolled in German II will also be eligible to apply for the German American Partnership Program that Roseburg High School has every two summers with our sister school in Lüneburg, Germany.
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Year Pre-requisite: German II and Instructor Approval, or successful completion of Proficiency Exam (SLIM) Credit: 1
Course Overview: German III is a total immersion experience in the language. Through their commitment to using only German in class, students will progress rapidly in all areas of language learning. By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate fluently at the intermediate level through role-playing, skits, and group projects. Higher level thinking skills are developed throughout the course, in units such as Planning a Personalized Tour Through Germany, Healthy Living, My Ideal House, Cultural Comparisons and Historical Perspectives, and Plans for the Future.
Grade Level: 11, 12 Length of Course: Year Pre-requisite: German III and Instructor Approval Credit: 1 College Credit: Up to 12 UCC credits (German 101, 102, 103) Other: Advanced Placement option
Course Overview: This course presents a college level study of the German language and culture in prepara- tion for the AP German exam. This advanced level course will emphasize refinement of all the skills required in the first three years of German study, using a thematic approach that integrates vocabulary and structures with German film, history, literature, current events, and art. Units include the Expressionist Cinema (silent era), Science and Technology, Media Influence, and the Environment. This course is conducted entirely in German, and students have the option of earning 12 college credits through UCC, transferable to any college in the Oregon State System.